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V-48: All That Remains
Discussions of features and the indications about one’s evolutionary background
Talk with Penn Museum employees about skulls
Narrated and Produced by Sheela Athreya and Leah Binder
All that Remains
This film discusses ancestry and how it affects the typical person today in the way of body makeup. Many people do not feel that their looks relate to those of their ancestors and these two women set out to go back in history to look through scientific work to discover why that may be. Their journey starts off with the works of Franz Weidenreich, and go into explain how his technique of "casting" skulls is still used at the Penn Museum today and what exactly anthropologists use this technique to discover about our ancestors, and just in anthropology in general. They then compare his work with the works of Coon who believed that some humans evolved more slowly than others. Lastly they look at the work of Morton, who used his small study of skulls to determine superiority of the Caucasian European race, even though there is no correlation between brain size and intelligence. Nearing the end of the film the two scholars come to the conclusion that there are many different factors that determine if we resemble our ancestors in this modern time, and that the study of anthropology should continue to focus on the common heritage we all have as humans.